Egyptians allege vote violations

Referendum on charter poorly supervised, rights groups say

Posted: December 17, 2012 at 4:50 a.m.

Egyptian riot police walk past a military tank guarding the presidential palace in Cairo on Sunday. Islamists claimed a constitutional referendum had 57 percent support in the first round of voting, in which rights groups claimed widespread violations.

Egyptian rights groups called Sunday for a repeat of the first round of the constitutional referendum, alleging that the vote was marred by widespread violations. Islamists who back the disputed charter claimed they were in the lead with a majority of “yes” votes, though official results have not been announced.

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